serve serve  /ˈsɜrv/


  1. (n) (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
  2. (v) serve a purpose, role, or function
  3. (v) do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function
  4. (v) contribute or conduce to
  5. (v) be used by; as of a utility
  6. (v) help to some food; help with food or drink
  7. (v) provide (usually but not necessarily food)
  8. (v) devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas
  9. (v) promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to
  10. (v) spend time in prison or in a labor camp
  11. (v) work for or be a servant to
  12. (v) deliver a warrant or summons to someone
  13. (v) be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
  14. (v) do military service
  15. (v) mate with
  16. (v) put the ball into play

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  1. German Olympian Dimitrij Ovtcharov's serve isn't about power.
  2. This legislation will help connect people at all stages of life with opportunities to serve.
  3. Tim Henman, a serve-and-volley player, made four Wimbledon semifinals, but says the new grass forced him to alter his natural game midcareer.


  1. Thousands Of Volunteers Participate In 20th Annual Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon

    The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Chicago people spruce up schools, parks and playgrounds for the 20th annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon, reports WBBM's Mike Krauser.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: CBS Chicago

  2. Candidates sought to serve on commission

    Community Action Partnership of Riverside County is seeking candidates to serve on the Community Action Commission. The Commissioners will be elected at Community Forums to be held in all five Supervisorial Districts.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Record Gazette

  3. Serve NCH yard sale

    North College Hill nonprofit organization Serve NCH is having a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at 6950 La Boiteaux Ave.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer


  1. He added, "But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called 'curse' on Cleveland, Ohio."
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Dan Gilbert Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. "Now this legislation moves to the Senate, and I look forward to receiving a final product that will serve as a strong signal to the executives who run these firms that such compensation will not be tolerated," Mr Obama said.
    on Mar 19, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: BBC News

  3. "My wife and I have always believed that service, whether it is to family, community, university or country, is our highest calling," Johnston said in a speech Thursday. "We are proud to have this opportunity to serve Canada and our fellow...
    on Jul 9, 2010 By: David Johnston Source: Edmonton Journal

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